A beautiful presentation of a weird, sporadically exciting film that merges the tropes of the James Bond series with a startlingly expressive aesthetic.
There’s much to admire here, from its symbolically sickly aesthetic to its clearly shot action sequences.
The film is a lightly dramatized case file that’s structurally averse to world-building and psychological portraiture.
It’s an intelligent, self-reflexive summer blockbuster with an eye for castigating proliferate franchise mentalities.
As if taking a cue from its own title, the movie emphatically sets its sights on the upward trajectory of Brown’s career.
Tom Cruise’s participation transmutes everything around him, turning the movie’s series of false starts, dead ends, and hard lessons into a working metaphor for his own career.